Bradford Royal US

Bradford Royal Infirmary recently acquired three Canon ultrasound scanners, two Aplio 400, and one Aplio 500 system. The Aplio 500 is being used in the main ultrasound department for general radiology applications, including paediatrics, interventional cases, contrast ultrasound, MSK work and abdominal and gynaecology studies. The Aplio 400 systems were purchased to replace two aged Canon ultrasound machines in the obstetrics department.   The new scanners joined other Canon equipment at the hospital, and as existing users of Canon ultrasound, Bradford Royal Infirmary opted for Canon again due to the excellent image quality as well as Canon’s commitment to lifetime applications support and high uptime.


The new systems come equipped with a host of features, including a fully programmable console that can be customised to suite individual clinical needs. The Aplio 500 comes which smart fusion software, which allows the ultrasound image and MR/CT images to be fused so that prostate and liver lesions can be targeted more accurately. In addition SMI (Super Micro-vascular Imaging), Canon’s unique colour imaging technique complements colour Doppler techniques to define to small blood vessels.  Shearwave and strain elastography packages provide quantitative measurements and dynamic visual display of tissue stiffness in a variety of clinical settings, ranging from abdominal to small parts exams.


The Aplio 400 scanners were also delivered with SMI software and users enjoy high resolution images of the foetus with the added benefits of SMI for looking at fetal hearts and brain structures.



Shown here, right to left, Karen Lomas, Sonographer; Jo Bertelsen, Ultrasound Sales Specialist, Canon Medical Systems; Shama Bi Ali, Penny Halmshaw, Naomi Titley, Gemma Powley and Donna Reynolds Sonographers; Louise Higgins, Clinical Applications Specialist, Canon Medical Systems; Carol Cahill, Midwife;  Jacqui Lee, Lead Sonographer; and Penny Fleming, Midwife

In front on the left, Wendy Hall, Superintendent Sonographer and on the left, James Chan, Sonographer

Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water


Canon Medical Systems recently launched at the 2016 RSNA meeting in Chicago a new 3T MRI system. The Vantage Galan comes with a host of unique features, offering excellent image quality, streamlined workflow and outstanding patient comfort.


Commenting, Alistair Howseman, Director of Sales CT/XR/MR, Canon Medical Systems, says, “The new system as well as providing outstanding clinical image quality is extremely quiet and remarkably fast. Canon has focused on improving the patient experience and the result is a scanner with a 71cm wide bore aperture which allows the imaging of large patients comfortably and efficiently and a slim gradient design which provides significantly more space between the patient and the inside of the bore, greatly reducing acoustic noise with our patented Pianissimo technology.”


The Vantage Galan includes Pianissimo Zen, Canon’s silent technology, a combination of the company’s well-known Pianissimo hardware and new silent sequences for demanding applications such as FASE-DWI, FF3D and MR angiography. Its industry-leading non-contrast techniques allow for vascular imaging from head to toe, expanding patient access to MR angiography and dramatically improving patient safety. Multi-phase transmission technology provides outstanding homogeneity across all anatomical regions and clinical targets.


Compared to Canon’s conventional coils, Canon’s Atlas SPEEDER coil technology utilises a unique combination of smaller elements, which deliver a higher SNR and larger elements which provide greater penetration. By simultaneously integrating up to 128 channels, Vantage Galan 3T provides better image quality throughout the entire imaging volume. In addition, PURERF Transmit and Receive results in an increase of 20 percent in SNR.  Another feature unique to the new system is ultrashort TE imaging, enabling, for instance, a bright signal from ligaments and tendons.


The Vantage Galan comes with a short and compact bore which lowers patient anxiety and at the same time allows a 3T scanner to be installed in a room originally designed for a 1.5T system.


Photo:  The new Vantage Galan MRI system


Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place. We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

3T MR equates to 47 stoves and 191,250 litres of water.

Hospital of Wales

The University Hospital of Wales (UHW) recently purchased a Canon Aplio 500 ultrasound scanner. The system has been delivered with Canon’s Smart Fusion technology which is being used at the hospital in conjunction with ultrasound for biopsies of the prostate.


UHW is one of the first sites in the UK currently using this ‘cutting-edge’ technology in every day practice, and commenting, Dr. Luke Wheeler, Consultant Radiologist says, “Canon Medical Systems is the University Health Board’s managed equipment service (MES) partner for ultrasound. The Smart Fusion technique has a learning curve, but then the process is quite straight forward. Canon’s support has been excellent. We are the first site in Wales to have started this procedure and I know that there is interest from other centres in Wales and elsewhere in the UK. Hopefully, Smart Fusion will improve the accuracy of targeting prostate cancer, identified on the pre-biopsy MRI.  Canon has always been around to advise and help me.”      


Lesions within the prostate are not always that easy to see using ultrasound and therefore are not easily biopsied. They may be better seen in CT or MRI images, but biopsies within these modalities can be time-consuming and costly. Canon’s Smart Fusion reads 3D DICOM data sets from all major imaging modalities and shows the corresponding images, in real-time, adjacent to the live ultrasound display. For a comprehensive pre- and post-evaluation of the intervention, Smart Fusion permits the user to work in any ultrasound imaging mode, including colour Doppler and contrast-enhanced ultrasound.


Tim Palarm, Regional Manager Ultrasound Sales, Canon Medical Systems commented “this is a first for Wales and Canon are proud to be working with the University Health Board on a leading technology that will change the radiological clinical pathway for patients.”



Pictured at the handover, left to right, Erica Oliver and Helen Lockyer, Ultrasound Applications Specialists, Canon Medical Systems; Dr. Luke Wheeler, Consultant Radiologist and Matthew Gallivan, Radiographic Helper (RDA)




Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.  We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

Northern Ireland

Medical Imaging NI has been a Canon Medical Systems partner for 25 years and is an established, and highly regarded, distributor for imaging equipment in Northern Ireland.

Retaining all staff from Medical Imaging NI, Canon Medical Systems will establish direct operations in Northern Ireland. The acquisition allows Canon Medical to develop innovative medical imaging equipment solutions and service offerings for its CT, MRI, X-Ray and Ultrasound customers, in Health and Social Care Trusts and private hospitals in the region.

Canon Medical Systems’ mission is to deliver the best quality products and services, as well as the industry’s best after-sales support through long-term, customer-focused partnerships. The company’s existing and new customers in the region will be able to enjoy enhanced benefits of being a direct Canon Medical Systems customer including: access to 7-day technical support, which drives the company’s 100% uptime and customer satisfaction goal; immediate access with enhanced spare parts delivery, as well as access to a growing fleet of relocatable MRI and CT scanners.

Mark Hitchman, UK Managing Director for Canon Medical Systems comments: “The acquisition of Medical Imaging NI signals our attempt to establish strong and lasting direct relationships with our growing customer base in Northern Ireland.”

Brian Beggs, Managing Director Medical Imaging NI comments: “Having been an established Canon Medical Systems partner, we are delighted by the acquisition and have ultimate faith that the quality product and service offering we have successfully developed over 25 years will be taken to the next level by a globally renowned medical imaging innovator.”

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